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It was the humour in the underlining story that made this good for me. How does an old(er) man get a lump in his throat when an sentient big flat alien hairy wombat who loves bathing, dies! .... only after some well written story line puts a picture in the readers mind where "Pheto" became important. A good mix of challenging story line about human behaviour as well as a few interesting aliens mixed in.
I laboured through to 100 pages and apart from a series of annoying language errors, the storyline just did not justify my time. Donut peoples on faraway planets and aliens just moving in on our intrepid explorers space craft just do not cut it for me. I am defeated though am happy to be corrected.
The writing style feels confused, seemingly inconsistently borrowed, without the sense of the author's own voice. Nothing new ideas-wise either. I gave up after a couple of chapters. Not for me - but to be fair to it, it's not trying to be literary science fiction and some may appreciate it.
Im a fan of scifi but try as I might couldnt get through this book. Unbelievably complex things happen with a wave of the hand. Transfer a human into an android body? No problem. The lead seems to be wisecracking his way around the galaxy like some kind of space bond. Characters have lots of unlikely combinations of letters in their names. Its all a bit crap.
Not what I was expecting, a bit of a throwback in style to an earlier genre of space opera, with little science to the fiction, but an awful lot of fun as the swashbuckling hero makes his way through various scrapes.
If a book doesn’t get my attention having read the first chapter then I won’t read it. However this book got my attention and I throughly enjoyed it. I’m now looking forward to the next in the series and hope that book is just as enjoyable.